On This Day

What Happened on May 19, 1864

Historical Events

  • Battle of Port Walthall Junction, Virginia (Bermuda Hundred)
  • Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania
  • Skirmish at Cassville, Georgia

Famous Birthdays

  • Carl Akeley, American taxidermist and naturalist who developed the animal mount process and other techniques for museums, born in Clarendon, New York (d. 1926)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestNathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (The Scarlet Letter), dies at 59


1864 Highlights

About May 19, 1864

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 156 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus